Bryan's Posts About Being Human

War and Nature

As a biologist here in the relative safety of New England, I’m struggling to reconcile the new life of spring emerging from the horrific shadows of Russia’s war on Ukraine.

FALLOUT

Since last autumn I’ve been photographing fallen pandemic masks. Performance art? Pandemic zeitgeist? You decide.

The Eagle and the Gull

An exceedingly rare eagle and a gull at sea. Alone and away from the crowds, I more enjoyed the gull.

My Extra Hour

Time flies — but I have a plan to beat the clock on Sunday when we dial back an hour. I’ll save mine for nature. Here’s an essay for The Boston Globe.

The World on the Wing of a Butterfly

From arctic bogs to southwestern deserts — and lots of places in between — I offer you transcendence on the wing of a tiny butterfly.

A Fading Serenade

My essay, published Sunday in The Boston Globe, about aging as a field biologist — and finding new ways to save wildlife and wild places on a damaged planet.

Podcast: Birding and Conversation

My morning birding with Erica Heilman, a dear friend and the creator of Rumble Strip. It’s a podcast. So as we watched Yellow Warblers glow, Erica and I talked about birds and about finding our place in the world.

Watching Swallows

Finding respite from suburbia, in suburbia, within a flock of swallows on the wing. Oh, and some friendly advice for over-eager birdwatchers and photographers.

Greg Lasley

Greg Lasley, who died on January 30, personified dignity and benevolence. And because he showed us wildlife and wild places, Greg ranks among our great conservationists. He gave so that we might see the world.

Rebuilding

On Inauguration Day, an ephemeral insect in the Grand Canyon offers some perspective on rebuilding, hope and new forms of extinction.

The Year in Flight

From tiny butterflies to grand landscapes, my images of wildlife and wild places during a turbulent and traumatic year.

Gifts of the Land and Spirit

Find respite for this year and hope for the future in the pages of the Vermont Almanac and in other triumphs of the written word.